Heartland's Indy Shorts festival changes formats


Heartland Film’s Indy Shorts is a go! Instead of in movie houses and theaters, the annual festival of short films will be shown at the Tibbs Drive-In and in your homes. Here’s the latest press release from Heartland:

COVID-19 has hit the arts industry hard, but it’s not stopping the third annual Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film from showcasing 18 programs featuring 128 shorts in Academy Award®-qualifying event.

Heartland Film announced the entire lineup of short films available for streaming from the comfort of your home during the festival week of July 21-26. To provide the true cinematic experience, there will also be four screenings under the stars at Tibbs Drive-In theatre (480 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46241) in the categories of Indiana Spotlight, Comedy, Award Winners and a NEW category, Heartland Horror. Tickets and passes for the virtual festival and drive-in screenings can be purchased at IndyShorts.org.

“You can never slow the Heartland Film team down particularly when it comes to Indy Shorts. They accepted the bumps in the road this year and kept on moving. We always salute and acknowledge our sponsors and audiences so this year I’m adding the innovative staff to that list,” said Heartland Film President Craig Prater.

Since 2009, shorts programmed by Heartland Film have gone on to earn 19 Academy Award® nominations and seven Academy Award® wins, including wins in the past five Oscar ceremonies. This year’s films are competing for more than $30,000 in cash prizes. The Grand Prize for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film will each qualify for consideration in the Short Films categories of the Academy Awards®.

Here is the drive-in schedule:

Thursday, July 23

Indiana Spotlight 1 Program, 9:25 p.m.

Friday, July 24

Indiana Spotlight 2 Program, 9:25 p.m.

Heartland Horror Program, 11:25 p.m.

Saturday, July 25

Award Winners Program, 9:25 p.m.

Sunday, July 26

Comedy Program, 9:25 p.m.

For a complete listing of winners, screening lineup and other festival info, click here: https://issuu.com/heartlandfilm/docs/indy_shorts_2020_guidebook_v3

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